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PIA Press Release
2009/02/10

Filipino workers still much sought for abroad

Tacloban City (February 10) -- Despite the fear of retrenchment because of the recession and current world economic crisis, Filipino workers will always find a place in the global job market because they are hardworking, trustworthy, friendly and masters in their own fields.

Just recently, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said that displaced Overseas Filipino Workers may seek employment in South Australia which is in need of 10,000 workers this year.

Australia, POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili said, will hire thousands of Filipino construction workers, welders and pipe-fitters for its road rehabilitation projects in the next 10 years..

Manpower requirements of these projects are estimated to reach 133,000 until 2018. Another 206,000 workers would be required to replace those who would leave the workforce.

The country's labor officials and Australian employers met earlier to discuss the recruitment of Filipino workers in an effort to give them jobs in the host destination as they are adversely affected by the global economic slump.

South Australia which is the abode of nearly 1.6 million people, has an economy that relies on agriculture, mining and manufacturing mostly of automotive and component parts, pharmaceuticals, defense technology and electronics system.

Last week, His Highness Bahrain Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa said that Bahrain is in need of more Filipino workers.

"We have no problem with Filipinos. We should have more of them," the soft-spoken Bahraini Prime Minister said.

"We really want more Filipinos because they are all hard working," Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa added.

The latest tally showed that there are 45,000 Filipino workers in Bahrain. The number is still growing, with professionals and skilled Filipino workers in high demand.

Meanwhile, the Arroyo Administration is pushing for the upgrading of skills of the OFWs and the other Filipino workers in order to solve the Jobs-skills mismatch which is the major concern nowadays. (PIA 8) [top]

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